Assessments in 2021-2
The answers below apply to History & Politics and History students. For those studying History and Modern Languages, the MMLL faculty will provide updated guidance.
How will examinations be conducted in 2021-2?
History Faculty examinations will be conducted in an online, open book format in 2021-2. Students will be given a five hour window for completion. All candidates will have the same start and end times, except those students with approved additional time and/or rest breaks. Examinations that are the responsibility of other Faculties may have varying arrangements. Further details will be confirmed in due course.
- The existing infrastructre of mitigation will operate, allowing those directly affected by acute disruptions of illness, bereavement etc to apply for exam allowances. More information can be found at https://www.cambridgestudents.cam.ac.uk/your-course/examinations/mitigation
- All History Faculty exams will be 5 hours, timetabled to start between 11am and 1.30pm in order to reduce the impact across different time zones
- History and Politics IA Evidence and Argument exam will be 3 hours.
- This may differ for papers organised by other Faculties/Departments; you will be notified separately if you are taking a borrowed paper.
- All candidates will have the same start and end times, except those students with approved additional time and/or rest breaks
- The Faculty does not expect students to work for the entirety of the scheduled time period. The use of time within the window will not however be policed and students may make their own choices about use of time.
- Word limits for assessed essays and dissertations remain unchanged
- For Prelims, the word limit for each script is 4500 words, except for Historical Argument and Practice, where the limit is 4000 words.
- For Part I, the word limit for each script is 4500 words
- For Part II, the word limit for each script (including gobbets answers) is 4500 words, except for Historical Argument and Practice, where the limit is 4000 words.
- In all cases, you may write answers of different lengths for separate questions. The word limit only applies to the total. You don’t have to write up to the word limit.
- No, you may handwrite, though if you do, you will have to observe and document the word limit, and scan your script in order to submit.
- The Faculty can provide a 14 day extension for assessed essays or dissertations, however any extensions longer than this must be done through EAMC, the University's Examination Access Mitigation Committee. This is usually done via a candidate's college.
- If you are facing adverse circumstances, please get in touch with your college as soon as possible. You must apply for an extension before the deadline for submission has passed.
- If you’re not sure how exams will work for you, the first person to talk to is your director of studies. You can also raise concerns with the undergraduate student representatives https://www.hist.cam.ac.uk/student-representatives